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Stephen Hawking Takes Jeremy Hunt to the High Court

It’s no secret that the NHS is in trouble. The increased cuts in funding has of course had a dire effect on services, and it seems the only solution Jeremy Hunt and the government have is privatisation. NHS England is due to hold a national 12-week consultation on the contracting …

It’s Time to Talk About the NHS’ Mental Health Crisis

Trigger warning: terrorism, suicide, mental health issues and treatment. — A little under a year ago, Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber, and 22 people died, and many more were injured. Money was donated to the survivors, and local and national government made all sorts of promises. But, …

Mental Health During Pregnancy

Trigger warning: Discussions of pregnancy including birth horror stories and possibility of miscarriage, mental health: anxiety and depression, and medication.  My first pregnancy came as a bit of a surprise, in fact I’d gone on WebMd and I had convinced myself that I was dying. Pregnancy never crossed my mind, …

Save the NHS, Without the Ableism

Hi, it’s Caroline, your disabled and chronically, physically, and mentally ill health editor! I saw more  NHS professionals during my three years of uni than the average person probably sees in their entire lifetime – GPs, physiotherapists, specialists, and so on. Since then, I’ve just continued to add to that. If I …

GP Appointments are Precious – Treat Them That Way!

Trigger Warning: Mentions of health issues and quality of life. — Admittedly I’m a bit of a burden on the NHS. I was a bit of a self-diagnoser when I was younger; I got myself into a tizz thinking the beginnings of puberty meant I had breast cancer, I’ve had …

Trans Men and Barriers to Healthcare

“What barriers to healthcare do you face as a trans man?” It’s no secret that healthcare is often more accessible to cis people than it is to transgender individuals, and this can cause a lot of problems for the already at-risk trans community. We’re gatekept by medical professionals, discriminated against, …

Budget 2017: What You Need to Know

Forget Thanksgiving, forget Black Friday — hell, forget Christmas. Today — the 22nd November — was the best day of the year (for politics nerds) because our Right Dishonourable friend, Philip Hammond, delivered his second Budget as Chancellor. At least, I think he did. It was hard to tell between …

Boob Squishing – How to Survive Your Mammogram 

Apparently breast screening is offered to all women aged 47 – 73 who are registered with a GP in England, or aged 50 – 70 in the rest of the UK. I don’t quite know how, but I got to 50 before anyone got around to contacting me about it. I knew …

The NHS Needs More Than Just Money

Systematic reviews of something as complicated as the NHS take time and need careful consideration, so are best left to experts, which is why the Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Health Care System was commissioned to research the thorny issue of whether the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) was having a …

Suffering in Silence: Mental Health in the South Asian Community

In January 2016, David Cameron pledged a billion pounds to reform mental health services. The government often (always) refers to this when attempting to defend so called ‘progression’. However, what many are unaware of is that this money was not ring fenced, and instead siphoned off into other services; yet …